By Euro Weekly News Media • 10 December 2013 • 14:41
NEW MODEL: Lexus GS 300h
LEXUS is adding a fourth model to the GS range, the GS 300h to be launched this month.
The GS 300h is expected to account for more than 55 per cent of all GS sales, a significant part of the percentage representing fleet costumers.
The car will also be available as an F SPORT version, featuring bespoke design elements and model-specific technologies.
The new front engined, rear-wheel drive GS 300h’s second generation Lexus Hybrid Drive system is similar to that installed in the IS 300h.
Featuring a L4 Atkinson cycle petrol engine with D-4S direct injection technology and two electric motors, it offers significant reductions in fuel consumption and CO2.
The full hybrid drive system combines a powerful 105 kW/143 DIN hp electric motor with a 2.5 litre, four-cylinder, 16 valve, DOHC Atkinson cycle petrol engine featuring a next generation D-4S fuel injection system, Dual VVT-i and a high-efficiency Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system.
The engine develops 133 kW/181 DIN hp at 6,000 rpm, and 221 Nm of torque at 4,200-5,400 rpm.
With the rear wheels driven through the hybrid system’s Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT), total system power is 164 kW/223 DIN hp.
The new GS 300h, available from €45,900, shares the exterior design of the rest of the GS model range, including the brand’s trademark spindle grille design.
A new range of F SPORT-specific exterior colours is introduced with the launch of the GS 300h – F White, Starlight Black and Midnight Blue.
LED fog lamps are also now available on F SPORT models as well as 19-inch alloy wheels.
The GS interior represents a continuation of Lexus’ interior design evolution.
A driver-focused cockpit combines increased driver’s seat adjustment range with optimum control placement and a range of highly innovative technologies to enhance the quality of life on-board.
Consistent with the entire GS range, the GS 300h offers ample space to all occupants, with a particular focus on head and leg room.
Redesigned door openings feature wider apertures for ingress and egress, especially at head height.
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